Do we need a third secondary school in Glen Eira? (2.9.2015)
Written on the 16 September 2015
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My constituency question is to the Minister for Education, Mr Merlino.
Recent reports have suggested that a local councillor is campaigning for a third secondary school in the Glen Eira area, very close to two existing secondary schools. The land which the Labor mayor of the City of Glen Eira, Cr Jim Magee, is campaigning for the government to acquire in order to build a secondary school in Virginia Park. Virginia Park is only 500 metres from the existing Bentleigh Secondary College.
The shadow Minister for Education, Nick Wakeling, and I visited Bentleigh Secondary College only last week to meet with the newly appointed principal.
Bentleigh Secondary College has an excellent reputation and we were both fortunate enough to meet the dedicated teachers and a number of students. It was confirmed to Mr Wakeling and myself that Bentleigh Secondary College has capacity for further student enrolments. Nearby McKinnon Secondary College also has additional capacity and the principals of both McKinnon and Bentleigh secondary colleges do not think a third secondary school in such close proximity is necessary.
Constituents are confused and concerned about comments from the mayor.
Does the government support the campaign by Cr Magee and what is the government's position on acquiring the land at Virginia Park, as suggested by Cr Magee?